Silver Oak trees harmful to coffee plantations: IISc

Silver Oak Tree

Silver Oak Tree

Raising Silver Oak Trees within the coffee plantations as shade trees would prove disastrous to the coffee growing areas, a research conducted by the Centre for Wild Life Sciences of the Indian Institute of Sciences(IISc) said today.

Talking to newspersons here, jointly organised by the United Planters Association of South India (UPASI) and Karnataka Planters Association(KPA) here, Coffee Board Chairman G V Krishna Rau said in the interest of the Coffee Industry, raising of Silver Oak Trees in coffee plantations as shade tree must be discouraged.

Sharing the research results of the IISc on Silver Oak trees at Coffee plantations in Karnataka, Mr Rau said, compared to natural and mixed shade trees, the silver oak trees would cause more radiation, emit higher temperature and reduce humidity in plantation.

The study also suggests more content of aluminium in the Silver Oak leaves would cause immense damage to the plantation soil.

It also proved as unfriendly tree for the birds to hatch and habitate.

”Excessive dependence on Silver Oak trees would hamper the Coffee Industry in future and hence there was a need to discourage it and opt for restoring natural and healthy shade trees,” the Chairman said, adding Coffee Board would also join hands with the Planters in its endeavour.

Stating that Indian Coffee Industry would face stiff challenges due to increased competition from Vietnam, Indonesia and FTA with ASEAN countries, Mr Raju said it could be effectively tackled by upgrading technology, pumping more investment and popularaising coffee more in the domestic market.

Recent rains in the region would prove boon for the coffee crop, both robust and arabica varieties and the country would meet its production target, he added.

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Resignation of district congress president sought

Madikeri nov. 15: The virajpet wing congress workers sought the resignation of the district congress president Veena Achaiah. They criticize the president’s nature of dictatorship in the party.

The party workers in a press conference called at Virajpet alleged that Veena Achaiah changed the unit committee and other wing’s presidents without discussion with the local workers.

The workers threatened to boycott the party activity in Virajpet town in future if the president did not withdraw the new appointment order.Prithvinath, Gilbert vaz,C.B.Ravi,N,S Prakash and 40 other workers attended the press conference.

– ShakthiDaily

Criminal complaint against the club Ex. President

Madikeri Nov.15: The prestigious county club of madikeri present administration have booked criminal complaint against the ex. President and secretary of the club. Madikeri Police inspector R.Durga has registered complaint under various sections and is investigating. The ex. President Ravi basappa and the ex secretary N.C.Caveraappa face the allegation of selling 2 acres of land belong to the club at kalakeri nidugane village for the lowest rate of rs. 65 lakh.

The allegation mentions the present value of the land is more than Rs. 2 cores. The complaint shows the misuse of power by the office bearers without consent of the previous administrative board of the club. It is also alleged that all fake documents were created for registration of sale deed in sub registrar office.

 – ShakthiDaily

Birthday Gift Ideas For Your Boyfriend

birthdaygiftWhether you and your boyfriend have been dating for three months or three years, he deserves to have a wonderful present from you whenever he celebrates his birthday.

Well-thought out gifts are always a great way to show your affection and love for your boyfriend. Some men may not be as open emotionally as women, but your boyfriend surely could not resist giving you a kiss or a hug in exchange of all the time and effort that you put into finding the perfect birthday present for him.

Here are some great and romantic gift ideas  to give the most special man in your life on his birthday:

1. Something romantic.

A birthday present does not always have to be something expensive. Be creative in thinking of a romantic birthday gift
 for your boyfriend. If he has always given you flowers before, why don’t you return the favor by giving him a dozen red roses? It will make him remember you as the only girl who ever gave him roses for his birthday.

A little effort would go a long way, too. Cook him his favorite dish and invite him over for a romantic picnic or dinner. Bake him a birthday cake, invite his friends over and surprise him with a birthday party.

Shower him with love notes, or make his entire day special by giving him a different gift in the morning, noon and at night. Be creative in thinking of something fun, romantic and special to give him a birthday that he is not likely to forget.

2. Something that he wants.

If your special someone is into gadgets, give him that game gadget or music player that he is always talking about. If he is a car enthusiast, get him a great car accessory. Or, rent a sports vehicle or his dream car for him to drive on his birthday. Go out and spend a day indulging in the sport that he just loves.

3. Something naughty.

Glow-in-the-dark boxer shorts are a sure-fire way to tickle his fancy. An intimate yet funny gift will remind him of the intimate moments that you shared together as a couple.

4. Something nice and traditional.

A gift basket with all the things that he likes on one delightful package also makes for a great birthday present for your boyfriend’s birthday. A basketful of chocolates or wine is a wonderful birthday present.

If he is an executive, get him an expensive tie, cute cuff links
 or a nice wristwatch. Give him a set of his favorite cologne, perfume and aftershave. If he loves sailing, get him an antique compass that he can use.

5. Something that says “I love you.”

You can literally give him an item with the message of how you feel. Give him a keychain for his car and house keys with an engraved message. Even small items like this would make your boyfriend feel special.

Remember that it is not always the cost that counts when giving out presents for your boyfriend on his birthday.

A well-thought out gift that would remind your boyfriend of how special he is to you will send out the right message on his birthday.